Scott Redding kicked off today in the best possible way the weekend of his home Grand Prix at Silverstone: the English rookie in fact set the sixth fastest time - 2’03”333 - at the end of the first two practice sessions aboard the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda RCV1000R.After getting to know the track for the first time on a MotoGP bike in the morning session, this afternoon Redding managed to keep a really good pace, leaving behind him several bikes in Factory configuration. Tomorrow the target for Scott is to enter into the Qualifying 2 session, in order to fight for the top 12 positions on the grid.His teammate, Alvaro Bautista, set a very similar time, 2’03”391, ending the day in eighth place: the Spaniard tired on his Honda Rc213V machine the suspension set-up he has used in the recent Brno post-race test, confirming the slight improvements seen in Czech Republic.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (8th - 2'03"391) “During today's free practice session I have found the same feeling with the bike that I have had in the recent post-race test at Brno: the situation is slightly better than the last couple of races, although we are still not one hundred per cent. Today we also encountered low temperatures and we still lack a lot of rear grip, both going in and out of the corners. We are a bit more competitive, but we must continue to work hard to be able to reach a better contact feeling with the rear tyre”.
SCOTT REDDING (6th - 2'03"333) “This morning I was struggling a little bit, but then this afternoon I felt really comfortable with the bike and with the circuit, I got a good rhythm and I started to enjoy riding. I didn’t expect to be so fast today, so I’m happy wth the job we made so far. I made a really good result today, so the target for tomorrow is to get into the Qualifying 2 session, but I’m not sure if we can make it, if the temperature is coming up. Anyway, I will keep pushing and pushing!”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Today Scott was really superb in front of his home crowd: for us it’s very nice to see him at the front with the 'Production Racer' Honda, that is a good bike that but not at the same level of a Factory machine. His gap from the other riders in front of him is really limited and this further demonstrates how he went fast today! As for Bautista, we could see some slight improvements, although Alvaro is still unable to exploit the rear tyre potential. We are working very hard to fix this issue and we will keep working”.